Nick Bosa’s second NFL season came to an abrupt end in Week 2, as the star defensive end tore his ACL during the 49ers’ 31-13 win over the New York Jets.
Former NFL All-Pro and 49ers linebacker Takeo Spikes understands the feeling, as his 2005 season was cut short due to an Achilles injury after just three games. In speaking to NBC Sports Bay Area, the 43-year-old explained the most important thing for Bosa to remember during his recovery.
“Hey, this is not going to be forever,” Spikes told NBC Sports Bay Area. “But make sure from a mentality wise, that you’re staying involved in the game.”
Like Bosa, Spikes was coming off of an award-winning season. Spikes was named first-team All-Pro after registering 96 tackles, five interceptions and three forced fumbles, not to mention an eye-popping 18 pass deflections.
Bosa, meanwhile, put together a dominant rookie season for the 49ers after being the No. 2 overall pick.
The Ohio State product finished with nine sacks (adding four in the postseason) with 47 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
So what is Spikes’ main message for Bosa as he begins his rehabilitation?
“Take time to grieve,” Spikes continued. “Take time to yourself, but when it’s time to start the process to get back to where you need to be, be all in.
“Only thing that he needs to do, which I’m sure he will, is stay diligent to the plan that he has in place in order to make him come back even better.”